James Pethokoukis

Not winning the future: more on Obama’s strange ATM comments

June 22, 2011

My pal Russell Roberts of George Mason University speaks Economic Truth to Political Power as he dismantles Obama’s weird comments that ATM machines and automation kill jobs (via the Wall Street Journal):

Why Washington should embrace innovation prizes

July 30, 2010

Innovation prizes put space tourism on the launch pad and helped Netflix better predict consumer movie preferences. Now they might even improve oil spill cleanup. Government should join in, too. In austere times, such rewards would be an efficient way for cash-strapped Washington to fund breakthroughs that drive economic growth.

How to grow the U.S. economy

June 21, 2010

Andrew Liveris, chairman and CEO of Dow Chemical, has some ideas, which he outlines in a USA Today op-ed. Here is an excerpt followed by my take:

Bill Gates’ Big Government plan for clean energy ‘miracle’

June 14, 2010

Bill Gates and a bunch of other top corporate executives want Uncle Sam to spend a lot  more on clean energy research and development. Here’s why:

Cocky CEOs have more innovative companies

June 2, 2010

That is the conclusion of this paper, “CEO Overconfidence and Innovation,”out of the University of Toronto:

Can Obama spend US back into prosperity?

September 22, 2009

Presidents, particularly Democrats it seems, love to try and attach catchy titles to their agendas. FDR’s New Deal and JFK’s New Frontier made for powerful branding. Bill Clinton’s New Covenant, not so much.